OYRHS to host spring lecture ‘Landscapes of the Lord’s New Church’ on April 10

The Old York Road Historical Society will host Chris Mendel’s lecture, “Landscapes of the Lord’s New Church”, on Wednesday, April 10.

Mendel, who is the Executive Director of the Pennypack Ecological Restoration Trust (PERT), will present a fresh look at the landscape, history, and development of Reverend Theodore Pitcairn’s estate, today the home of the Lord’s New Church Philadelphia congregation. 

From the event’s description:

In 1895 at 18 months old, Reverend Theodore Pitcairn, the 5th child of John and Gertrude Pitcairn, moved with his family from Philadelphia to the countryside where they built Cairnwood Estate with the belief that their family and church community would thrive in a setting surrounded by nature, farmland, and the wholesome entertainments found therein. 

When Theodore was married in 1927, he returned to these inspiring roots by purchasing a 200-year-old farmhouse on property located in Huntingdon Valley across the Pennypack Creek on the border of Bryn Athyn. There, he developed a unique complex of buildings and a small working farm reminiscent of estates found in the French countryside. 

Lectures are free and open to the public both in-person in The John Barnes Room at Abington Friends Meeting and on Zoom. Login details will be posted on the website the day of the event. Lectures are not recorded for later playback.

The lecture series is sponsored by a grant from the Jenkinstown Lyceum. For more information, please call the Old York Road Historical Society at 215-886-8590.

For more details, you can click here.

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